A message from Rick Jones | Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life
For residents at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, hope can mean the difference between successful treatment and giving up on life. Many of our residents have almost no one who believes in them. They are placed with us because they have no place to call home and no one who encourages them toward a happy and successful life. They have no hope.
You can be a source of pride and encouragement for those who have none. This program works like having a pen-pal. Friends from all over the country can write notes of hope to our residents—little messages of encouragement to show our children that someone cares for them and wants them to succeed.
The program pairs a Hope Notes Friend with a resident from one of our three campuses. Throughout a child’s stay with us they will receive cards or letters from their Friend, which encourages them through their treatment. Even the simple act of getting mail addressed to them is a huge source of support for our residents. It demonstrates that there are people who love them enough to take the time to connect with them on an individual level.
As a Hope Note's Friend, you will encourage a child who may feel alone or helpless.